Digital TV boost in the Valley

DIGITAL television has recently become available to some parts of the Derwent Valley for the first time. While many parts of the Valley have been receiving digital TV transmissions from Mt Wellington for several years, those areas relying on the Shepherds Hill translator at New Norfolk have had to wait for that facility to be upgraded. This work now appears to have been completed, meaning most households now have access to the full range of standard free-to-air networks via both digital and analog broadcasts.

Throughout Australia, analog broadcasts are expected to be phased out between 2010 and 2013. Additional free-to-air television channels are gradually being introduced by existing broadcasters. The ABC has already introduced a second channel and SBS will do so next week. Channel 10 has created a sports-only channel which is not net available in Tasmania. It is not necessary to buy a new TV to watch these new channels. All that is needed is a set-top box (available from most electrical retailers) and in some cases a new antenna might be required.

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